Loading Events

Lecture and Book Signing

Event Navigation

Interpreting the Human Geography of the Georgia Coast
Paul M. Pressly, Ph.D.

At first glance, the Georgia coast seems to be a place where nature reigns. But on second look, a deep and diverse human history emerges. Nature and culture have co-existed and interacted across five millennia of human history, and those interactions have shaped the Georgia coast as we know it today.  Successive communities of Native Americans, Spanish missionaries, rice planters, enslaved Africans, lumbermen, vacationing industrialists, pulp and paper manufacturers, nature writers, and environmental activists have developed distinctive relationships with the environment and produced distinctive coastal landscapes.

On September 26, 2019 at 6 p.m. in the A.W. Jones Heritage Center Event Hall, Paul M. Pressly, Ph.D. will present the lecture, “Interpreting the Human Geography of the Georgia Coast.”  His presentation is based on the recently published book Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture: Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast, co-edited by Pressly and Paul S. Sutter. Released by University of Georgia Press in 2018, this collection of original essays by leading historians, scientists, environmental writers, and activists is based on papers presented at the 2016 Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture symposium, hosted by the Ossabaw Island Education Alliance and Ossabaw Island Foundation.  Dr. Pressly will be  signing books from 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. and after the lecture.  Books will be available for purchase.

Dr. Pressly received a B.A. in history from Princeton University, an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in history from University of Oxford. He is an award-winning historian, and is currently the Director Emeritus of the Ossabaw Island Education Alliance.


173 out of 215 available Member

Please fill in all required fields

Send RSVP confirmation to:


September 26
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


A.W. Jones Heritage Center Event Hall
610 Beachview Dr
Saint Simons Island,GA31522United States